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It’s amazing to think, but in less than a month, we will get 12 to 16 new Kanye West tracks.

Yes, folks, Yeezus drops on June 18th and we are extremely excited. Famed DJ Tim Westwood must have been pretty excited too, because late last night he unearthed some previously unreleased footage of a 2005-Late Registration-Kanye West freestyling for almost 15 minutes.

If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and take a glance. We’ll wait:

So damn cold.

In honor of that masterpiece above, let’s take a look back at some of Kanye West’s most epic freestyle moments.

Kanye West Vs. Common freestyle battle (part one) (1996)

Kanye West vs. Common Sense freestyle battle (part 2) (1996)

Standout lyrics (spitting to Common:) “If you was really cold, why the fuck did Crucial Conflict go gold? And you only sold a hundred copies — to your boys.” 

Kanye Freestyles for Jay-Z in the Studio. (Kanye would later use that verse for Jay’s “The Bounce”) (2002)

Standout lyrics: 

“O.C., O.G., Bobby Johnson son

Ask me, “Rey-Rey, is that yo’ car?”
I seen MTV, I know who you are
You did “Takeover,” do you got beef with Nas?
I did take over the game, brought back the soul
Got tracks to go, got plaques that’s gold
Platinum to go, yeah that’s the flow
All I, know, I gots the blow
And I don’t play pause I’m from Chicago”

Kanye and Mos Def freestyling; Kanye would use that verse on Dwele’s “Hold On (Remix)” (2004)

Standout lyrics:

“Back in The CHI I made my life like the magazine

Honey wanna know the details about my Ebony

Well that’s X-X-L
Far as the penthouse, yeah that’s upscale
Mademoiselle got a hell of a Black tail
I’m feeling her vibe, her Body and Soul
I heard you stay in a metropolitan home
Well lets kill all the parlay’in and offer you a cosmopolitan
Lets jet out the club, get some oxygen”

Kanye West “The Truth (Freestyle)” (Year: ???)

Standout lyrics: 

“Is it the because my beats the nicest

Got me chargin’ niggas Dr. Evil prices
Niggas will sell their soul to go platinum and gold
I’m cold cause I got the gold and kept my soul
Drop an album full of soul
Sold twelve times gold that’s six plat
Man that’s a sick plaque
Man don’t forget that at the top is where you feel the loneliness
Like grabbin’ fake titties, I swear I feel the phoniest
Cause I’m from a city where you never know who your homies is
Cause everybody wants your spot
No I.D. told me this”

Kanye West and Big Tiger freestyle on Rap City (Kanye would later use that verse on “Bring Me Down”) (2004) 

Standout lyrics: 

“Just the thought that maybe it could be better than what we at at this time
Make it out of this grind, ‘fore I’m out of my mind
And get some leeway on the he say she say
Your girl don’t like me, how long has she been gay?
Spanish girls say “Yo, no hablo inglés”

Kanye West, Common and Erykah Badu Freestyling at SXSW. (That verse would later be featured on Rick Ross’ “Maybach Music 2”) (2009)

Kanye would freestyle that same verse on 106 & Park with Kid Cudi months later: 

Standout lyrics:

“Martin Louie the King Jr, starting all that stunAnnotateting is gonna ruin you
If B.I. was alivehe’d prob’ly have the 2-tone
With the Grey Pouponanything ‘Ye poop on
Will explodecause I am the shit and this is my commode
Uh-oh, there they go, talkin’ bout how your boy’s clothes extra-tight
I just remembered that my limelight extra-bright
I hit the strip club and girls get extra-hype
You hit the strip club and girls turn extra-dyke”

Kanye West and Pusha T freestlye on Hot 97. (Kanye’s verse would later be used on “Gorgeous”) (2010)

Kanye would freestyle the same verse in the Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap movie.

Standout lyrics: 

“Got caught with 30 rocks, the cop look like Alec Baldwin
Inter century anthems based off inner city tantrums
Based off the way we was branded
Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon
And at the airport they check all through my bag
And tell me that it’s random
But we stay winning, this week has been a bad massage
I need a happy ending and a new beginning”

The G.O.O.D. Music  “Cypher” (2011)

Standout lyrics: 

“The plan was to drink till the pain over

What’s worse, the pain or the hangover?
Fresh air rolling down the window
Too many urkels on your team thats why your Winslow
I sold my soul to the devil thats a crappy deal
Least it came with a few toys like a happy meal
This game you could never win
Cause they love you then they hate you then they love you again”

Kanye West’s “Runaway” Freestyle 

Standout lyrics: 

“You know love ain’t always gon’ be easy

Especially when people in your business like the way they do Yeezy
And ladies? I know you girls gon’ be

ays talk ’bout what he did
Fellas? I know you guys
Always talk ’bout what she did
Y’all be going through up’s and down’s
Havin’ fights and shit
I want you do a favor
First of all, just for the ladies
I just want you do me more favor”


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